The NHL Daily Fix is your morning wakeup call, with news and notes for the day's hockey action.
• Things got a bit ugly at the end of a good Sharks-Wild game on Wednesday night with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dany Heatley getting into an exchange that left Heatley in pain and, according to Wild coach Mike Yeo, possible out for a while. Vlasic said he was just retaliating and defending himself after Heatley slashed him before. Regardless, might he hear from Brendan Shanahan?
There's a very real possibility that Minnesota-San Jose could be a 4-5 playoff matchup. That would be fun, eh?
• It was kind of odd timing, but Guy Boucher had his exit interview with the media on Wednesday after the deadline, saying his firing 10 days earlier was a shock but he cherished his time in Tampa Bay. (TBO.com)
• The L.A. Kings were at it again. Their trade-deadline tracker was, as usual with this franchise, spectacular. The analysis is all we have come to expect from their media team. Check out their take on the Jason Pominville move:
BUFFALO TRADES THEIR CAPTAIN CONTINUING THEIR GARAGE SALE. THE WILD ARE 8-2 IN THEIR LAST 10 AND POMINVILLE IS THAT LAST PIECE THEY THINK WILL TAKE THEM TO THE CUP (IT PROBABLY WON'T)
Never change, Kings. (LAKings.com)
• The Dallas Stars underwent a pretty big change, saying goodbye to three players in the past week. So the team president sent a letter to fans explaining how they think they are a better franchise now than they were last week. (Stars)
• The Florida Panthers got a pretty big addition to their team on Wednesday, and it wasn't via trade. They signed big forward Nick Bjugstad of the University of Minnesota to his entry-level deal, and he is expected to make his NHL debut on Saturday. The youth is coming in Florida. (Panthers)
• Finally, as a whole, the Washington Capitals' fan base didn't seem too happy with the trade that saw their team send Filip Forsberg to Nashville for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Just look at Forsberg's Wikipedia page from Wednesday. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
The list of big debuts that we could see on Thursday: Steve Mason for Philly, Jaromir Jagr in Boston, Martin Erat in Washington, Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Marian Gaborik with the Blue Jackets, Jay Bouwmeester with St. Louis, Derek Roy in Vancouver, then Jason Pominville for the Wild against Robyn Regehr for the Kings. Post-deadline day!
Philadelphia at Toronto (7 ET)
New Jersey at Boston (7 ET, NHL Network)
NY Islanders at Washington (7 ET)
Tampa Bay at Carolina (7 ET)
Winnipeg at Montreal (7:30 ET)
Columbus at Nashville (8 ET)
St. Louis at Chicago (8:30 ET)
Detroit at Phoenix (10 ET)
Edmonton at Vancouver (10:30 ET)
Minnesota at Los Angeles (10:30 ET)